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Report: All-New TLX Getting Turbo V6 Type S, Double-Wishbone Front Suspension

Harkens back to the glory days of Honda and Acura handling.

Evan Williams By: Evan Williams April 14, 2020

An all-new version of Acura’s TLX is on the way, and a new report says that it’ll be on an all-new chassis with a front suspension that harkens back to the glory days of Honda and Acura handling. Plus a turbo-four engine and an expected turbo V6 for the Type S that should make much more than the 290 hp of the outgoing car.

The first TLX arrived in 2014 as a replacement for both the TL and TSX sedans. Six years on it’s time for a change, and we’re expecting a big one. Car and Driver reports on the new car, though they point out that with COVID-19, the timing of the new model, like every other new model, is in flux.

It starts with a new unibody that drops a strut front suspension for a control-arm setup. That’s the same setup as the Acura Integra, as well as the best-handling old Civics, and using two control arms instead of a strut is known for improving handling and driving feel.

The base TLX is set to be powered by the turbocharged 2.0L four as used in the Honda Accord (and the Civic Type-R). In the Accord, that engine makes 252 hp, but since it makes 306 in the Civic Type-R, and 272 in the Acura RDX, we’d expect figures closer to that.

For the fast one, though, a new V6 is coming, says the report, displacing around 3.0L and offering turbochargers to add some serious shove. The current Type S has a 290 hp 3.5L V6, so expect plenty more power than that. Acura has said previously that they’re planning an Acura-only V6 for the Type S performance models, so expect a solid effort here.

As far as the shape, we’re hoping for something that looks like the Type S concept that Acura revealed last year, as seen in these photos. That stunning cab-rearward design boasted some of Acura’s best design features like the signature jewelled headlights and pentagonal grille with daytime running lights and taillights taking inspiration from the Acura Daytona Prototype racers. It’s a muscular shape, finished in a stunning Double Apex Blue Pearl paint that we certainly hope makes it to production on this sedan.

Expect all-wheel drive as at least an option on both, along with Acura’s 10-speed automatic. As far as timing, while the initial report said to expect the cars to appear this summer, we now expect that to be delayed by at least a few months.

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